The holidays are all about gathering with your friends and fam, taking a break from the computer screen, and yes, enjoying some of your favorite indulgences. For us this means warm holiday drinks—made with or without booze, depending on your preference. See below for our top holiday drinks that can be made for kids, adults, and everyone in between. (Just be sure to omit alcohol when necessary!)
This Hot Toddy is a staple among holiday hot cocktails. We especially love this bad boy for it’s undeniable and utterly accessible simplicity. Honey, lemon, cider (or apple tea for those looking to make it less sweet), and whiskey/bourbon are the only ingredients. It’s nourishing during the colder months and the perfect accompaniment for present opening, carols, or star-laden walks through the crisp outdoor air. Sip with a cinnamon stick for ultimate enjoyment.
Vegans rejoice! We found a spiked hot chocolate just for you. Sweetened with maple syrup and utilizing real chocolate and ancho chili, this drink is as adventurous asit is impressive. You can control the sweetness by paying attention to the type of chocolate you select—a dark chocolate will be richer, more “adult-y” than it’s milk counterpart. Serve it up and impress everyone with your trendy, culinary prowess.
If the Big Lebowski was filmed on Christmas, the dude would totally be subbing out his signature White Russians for these Pinterest-worthy lattes. The combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, Irish cream, and bourbon positively sing holiday cheer, and the addition of bourbon adds depth and a warm, fuzzy feeling on a chill winter’s eve. Omit the booze and add a bit more milk for the little ones—and then put them to bed early so the grown-ups can go for Round Two.
What are you drinking this holiday season?